Inspired Teaching

Supervision & Motivation: 

Evidence-Based Strategies for Supporting Graduate Students

with Special Guest: Nathan C. Hall, from McGill University

📅 Tuesday, November 30th, 2021

💻 Delivered Virtually

Watch The Recorded Event

We are thrilled to be hosting Nathan C. Hall, from McGill University, as our guest speaker for this webinar. His presentation will provide an overview of recent empirical findings from the Achievement Motivation and Emotion (AME) Research Group ( on how social-environmental factors and motivational variables correspond with psychological and physical health in graduate students. Findings from multiple recent international studies will address the role of program structures, institutional reputation, supervisor support, and academic socialization in graduate students’ well-being, as well as how motivational beliefs, self-efficacy, and self-regulation failure contribute to graduate student development. Study findings will also be discussed in the context of recommended strategies for effective graduate student supervision and mentorship. 

Following his talk, our guest will be part of a panel discussion with various members of FHS who engage in graduate supervision.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this virtual event, participants will be able to appreciate how graduate student well-being can be impacted by both internal, psychological factors (e.g., motivational beliefs) and external, contextual features (e.g., program structure, supervision).


Moderator & Host

Teresa Chan

Dr. Teresa Chan (@TChanMD) is an associate professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine at McMaster University.  She is the Associate Dean for McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Continuing Professional Development (@MacPFD, @mcmasterchse, @MacLtl).  She is an avid scholar in health professions education and works with the MERIT group (@MERIT_McMaster), and conducts research and scholarship within this area. 

Guest Speaker

Nathan C. Hall

Nathan C. Hall is an Associate Dean in Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) and Associate Professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill University. As Director of the Achievement Motivation and Emotion Research Group (, his research examines the roles of motivation, self-regulation, and emotions in learning, achievement, and well-being in both learners and educators from K–12 to post-secondary contexts.


Steve Hanna

Dr. Steven Hanna, PhD (Western, psychology) is Professor in the department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact in the DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University.  From 2001 to 2017 he held a joint appointment in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster and was a Scientist at the CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research. His research collaborations focus primarily on quantitative approaches to research design and analysis with frequent applications to developmental and health services problems in childhood disability, as well as a variety of areas of clinical epidemiology and health services research.  Dr. Hanna has extensive experience in academic leadership and administration, and currently serves as Vice-Dean of Health Sciences and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies for Health Sciences.


Michelle Kho

Dr. Michelle Kho is an Associate Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. As a clinician-scientist, she also cares for patients in the St. Joseph’s Healthcare ICU in Hamilton. She holds a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Critical Care Rehabilitation and Knowledge Translation.


Ada Tang

As a physical therapist, Associate Professor, and Assistant Dean (Rehabilitation Science) at McMaster University, and Clinician-Scientist (Phase II) with the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation. Her research program with the MacStroke Canada research team is focused on exercise and cardiovascular health in people living with stroke, particularly as these relate to cardiovascular risk factors and prevention of cardiovascular disease. She has had the honour of working with many graduate students in her lab, and considers it one of the highlights of her career.